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Marine reptile/dinosaur ID help (New Jersey Cretaceous)

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frankh8147

I found this in Monmouth County, New Jersey (USA) last week and was wondering if anyone knew what it was. When I first picked it up, I thought it was turtle shell but the bone structure doesn't compare well at all with the other turtle shell examples I've found.

 

The top part is what I was focusing on because it doesn't look that was formed as a result of breaks and wear to me. I guess it could be older breaks and if that's the case, I'm pretty sure that I'm out of luck getting an ID on it but I figured I would give it a shot.

 

As always, all help is greatly appreciated!  -Frank

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frankh8147

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jpc

looks like what we call chunkosaur.  

 

Nice find nonetheless.  

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The Jersey Devil

Doesn't look like turtle to me as well. What is the size on it? The holes and marks on it are definitely how it was originally and not wear. Those markings would have been on the outer surface. I don't know if you can identify it to a specific animal with a high degree of certainty.

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LordTrilobite

Reminds me of croc jaw fragment.

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The Jersey Devil
44 minutes ago, LordTrilobite said:

Reminds me of croc jaw fragment.

 

That was actually my first thought - an anterior portion of the dentary of a Croc jaw.

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PFOOLEY

Cool piece, Frank...made me think of a chunk of a Mosasaur snout.

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frankh8147

Thanks everyone - here is another angle, in case it helps. 

 

This picture is looking down and that wavy part (the top part in my first set of pictures).

 

@The Jersey Devil It's roughly 3.8 inches long.

 

 

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frankh8147

Any last shots on this one? My 'chunkosaurus bin' is pretty full as it is :) 

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